Published July 19, 2011 - 5:42am
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The Georgia Bulldogs had quite an impressive haul this past weekend at their annual Dawg Night, where massive offensive lineman John Theus and several talented underclassmen pledged their allegiance to play their college football for the Bulldog Nation.
Theus is one of the more impressive offensive line prospects in the country this year, and this commitment was expected because his brother plays for the Georgia. So, the Bulldogs have been the long-time favorite for his services.
Of the underclassmen, running back Derrick Henry from the Jacksonville area looks NFL ready right now as a rising junior. With his muscular 6-3 frame, he is likely to outgrow the running back position, but he can play almost anywhere on the field.
But let me be quick to remind the Georgia faithful – recruiting has never been the problem in Athens; rather, getting those recruits to play with a passion on the field has been the argument of most importance and why there has been continued applied pressure with respect to the coaches.
Mark Richt has been under fire over the last couple of years, and his seat is definitely hot this year again. Many have expressed their displeasure of his leadership over the Georgia program recently and his reluctance to change staff members at the appropriate time. Now, he’ll have a chance to make all of that go away this season with a weak schedule and playmakers all over the field.
There has been a lack of passion from his football team during this time. No one seems to care, and it’s driving everyone in the black and red community insane.
Georgia should be a perennial powerhouse that competes for championships year-in and year-out. They have that Cadillac emblem out on the hood. The curb appeal in Athens is just as nice as the top programs in the country.
The Bulldogs play in the best conference in America, and they have a very fertile recruiting ground surrounding them with tradition that follows. There is no excuse for not winning on the field.
Dawg Night just once again uncovers the dirt on the surface that is the Georgia football program right now. This has been a program that has been extremely uninspired and exhausted for the last several years.
However, there is still time for Richt to right the ship, but it will have to start in game one. This program will always get recruits, but that could halt quickly if it does not translate on the field this season.